Going straight for the jugular perhaps the easy answer is: because Christchurch crowds are too ‘fickle’ (the pc word for ‘shit’)?
Worse than Dunedin, come on?
Now one of the benefits of me having a messy desk is the ability to dredge up old copies of the Groove Guide, Penthouse mags from the 80’s etc.
I found 4 of them, Groove mags as opposed to Penthouse of which I only discovered 2, from this year and decided I would do a completely unscientific study as to what percentage of N.Z bands graced Christchurch on their N.Z Tours.
Auckland punters got all but 100% of the bands.
Wellington just over half at 60%.
Christchurch was 40% and Dunedin not far behind at 35%.
Rider: I did fail School Cert maths.
So Christchurch is definitely no longer seen as a must-do ‘destination’ for N.Z bands doing the traps.
Perhaps it never was, but traditionally it was always one tare above Dunedin gig wise.
Increasingly bands today are opting for Dunedin, Unknown Mortal Orchestra springs to mind, over Christchurch.
Bands are signalling N.Z Tours that is better framed as North Island Tours.
This death spiral trend (less crowds mean less visits, means less venues willing to have bands versus a local DJ) is replicated with overseas bands.
I spotted in the latest Gig Guide that The Hard Ons aren’t making the trip across the ferry, picked New Plymouth over Christchurch and the Japandroids are appearing in Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin, no Christchurch.
Just an hour ago via the Cheese On Toast Facebook link a band I’m getting into, The Drones are crossing the ditch. Peoples of Wellington and Auckland will no doubt enjoy them whilst I can but look on in envy.
This is all a sad indictment of Christchurch music-fans malaise, people here have no one else to blame but themselves.
The post-earth-quake stupor continues to see people of all varieties sitting-in front of televisions and computers wasting their lives away.
There is an old saying that is apt here: Once the rot sets in.